Guadalupe River State Park takes drastic measures due to drought

Guadalupe River State Park takes drastic measures due to drought

Guadalupe River State Park takes drastic measures due to drought

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by Brix Fowler / KENS 5

kvue.com

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 10:37 AM

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The Bar family traveled from Killeen to Guadalupe State Park on Sunday to do some camping. It's something they do two to three times a year.

"It's been great. The kids have had fun," said Scott Bar.

But they've never had to do it like this.

"It's definitely different. It was not planned being without water," said Bar.

Park Superintendent Scott Taylor said drought conditions forced the park to stop using the water from the Guadalupe River.

"Water levels dropped so low we legally can't draw water out of the river any longer," said Taylor.

So, that means there's no water available for bathing and campers must bring their own drinking water.

"We have to make do as far as showers and washing dishes, but we're managing," said Mary Bar.

Also, the park normally has all of its 95 campsites full during the summer. Right now, they're down to just 15.

River levels are higher on the lower end of the Guadalupe River. So, those thinking about tubing there  still can. That's at least for now.

The park issued the following statement on their website:

August 13, 2013 - All water in the park is currently off Monday through Thursday. Restrooms, showers and all potable water sources are currently closed during this time due to the drought related water shortage. Weekday camping is only available in the Turkey Sink, water and electric, campground and portable toilets are available to park visitors.

Full water service will be available for weekend Camping (Friday through Sunday) in the Turkey Sink, water and electric , campground and Cedar Sage, water only, campground. Wagon Ford campground will remain closed and the day use area restroom will remain out of service, however portable toilets area available to park visitors in the day use area. Call the park for the most up to date information.

 

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